Welcome to Inspire, a blog from FIRST.

After years of inspiring young people, as well as the adults who work with them, we decided it was time to share some of the things that inspire us.

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How One Teacher Guided His Students to Give Back with a Design Thinking Challenge

Mar 20, 2018 By FIRST Staff

Science teacher Peter Graven leads his Wisconsin school districts’ robotics program and encourages students to take on STEM-based projects that give back. Peter discusses the design thinking challenge his students undertook to build a robotic medical cart for a young girl with special needs. 

FIRST LEGO League Student Making Waves in Innovation

Mar 08, 2018 By FIRST Staff

FIRST participant Allie Weber is a Teen Vogue 21 Under 21 honoree. It’s easy to see why at age 12, this accomplished inventor, maker, and STEM advocate is getting recognized for her work. Allie shares her STEM story, the inspiration behind #YoungScientistProbs, and kids who are changing the world.

5 Ways to Spur Student Growth and Opportunity Through Hands-On STEM

Mar 06, 2018 By Donald E. Bossi, President of FIRST

Originally published on The Teaching Channel’s Tchers’ Voice blog, FIRST President Don Bossi shares easy-to-adapt strategies for implementing new STEM programs or curriculum and making the most of hands-on learning in the classroom.

Global Teacher Prize Finalist Creates Change With Robotics

Feb 27, 2018 By FIRST Staff

Teacher and FIRST mentor Glenn Lee, who co-founded Hawaii’s first robotics-related program, has been named a top ten finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, selected from over 30,000 entries, for his pioneering efforts to ignite passion for STEM in his students through robotics.

Overcoming the STEM Opportunity Gap

Feb 20, 2018 By Donald E. Bossi, President of FIRST

Kids of all backgrounds, capabilities, and social circumstances are needed to address the world’s toughest challenges. FIRST President Donald E. Bossi explores how offering equitable opportunities and pathways can ensure all kids feel welcome, have a voice, and get an equal shot at finding success.

It’s Not Special Treatment: The Case for Acting to Ensure Equity

Feb 06, 2018 By Nancy Boyer, Ph.D., Director of Research and Evaluation, FIRST

Ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Nancy Boyer, Director of Research and Evaluation at FIRST, explores how to reduce gaps in STEM skills and fuel STEM interest by rethinking how we teach youth without access to opportunities that build a foundation for STEM.

Living and Learning, Even in the Hardest of Conditions

Jan 17, 2018 By Alma Bertoni, Coach, FIRST LEGO League Team “CSI Cybernetic Lions”

Alma Bertoni, a FIRST LEGO League coach and teacher from San Juan, Puerto Rico, shares how her students have persevered since Hurricane Maria devastated their island, as well as their journey exploring solutions to help their community through HYDRO DYNAMICS, the 2017/2018 FIRST LEGO League Challenge.

How a Tiara Inspires My Volunteer Work in STEM Education

Jan 09, 2018 By Lenore M. Edman, Co-Founder, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories; FIRST Mentor & Volunteer


Lenore M. Edman, co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories and a FIRST volunteer, shares how a FIRST alumna named Callie and her L.E.D. crowd shone brightly as a role model at a FIRST Robotics Competition event.

Why You Should Consider Supporting STEM Education This Holiday Season

Dec 19, 2017 By Mark Giordono, Vice President of Development, FIRST

With STEM jobs on the rise, it’s an incredible time to be a curious child. However, all kids need equitable access to STEM engagement opportunities and relevant mentorship to build a foundation for a bright future. Supporting STEM education helps kids find their passion and reach their goals.

It's Important to Support STEM All Year Round

Dec 06, 2017 By Jay Flores, Global STEM Ambassador, Rockwell Automation

It’s important to keep students challenged, especially during breaks from school. Equally as important is the atmosphere. Rule one: have fun. Jay Flores, global STEM ambassador for Rockwell Automation, explores interesting ways to keep kids involved in learning, even when school’s out.